How much do you want to soak in the sun on the shores of Zanzibar or watch as dusk rolls in on the Kenyan bush? A summer holiday seems like a long way off the agenda at the moment, but there is another way to take in the breathtaking landscapes, wildlife, culture and history of Africa.
Beauty brand Malée was founded in 2010 by Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao, who was born in Nigeria and raised in the UK. Zeze wanted to share her passion for the people, natural beauty and healing rituals of her home continent and so she decided to bottle up her favourite scents, smells and traditions into a unique beauty brand. Every single Malée product benefits from centuries of traditional healing wisdom, ancient rites of passage and generations of shared beauty secrets passed from mother to daughter throughout African communities. It’s the perfect antidote to the long season of cold weather we’ve had!
It’s got a personal story, too; Zeze named the brand after her great-grandmother. Malée is a term of endearment used for a gracious learned woman in Bini, the language spoken by a tribe in the Edo Kingdom of Nigeria. This theme of community runs through everything at Malée. Zeze sources sustainable ingredients from local communities and gives back through her company-wide charitable initiative. With each purchase, the company donates a percentage of profits towards educating and mentoring students from disadvantage communities, while also providing the facilities and learning materials they need to reach their full potential.
There’s no time like the present – awaken your wanderlust with these sustainably-sourced, plant-based fragrances and formulas that capture the vivid and invigorating scents of Africa.
Malée has a collection of exquisite candles, across three collections: Verdure, Polyanthes and Peppersage.
Bursting with bright citrus, mint and patchouli, Verdure takes you on an exhilarating journey through the lush mangroves and dewy wetlands of Africa.
Polyanthes captures the mystery of the African night flowers as they bloom in the moonlight, releasing their subtle oral scent into the cool night air.
Last, but by no means least, the Peppersage, which is inspired by centuries of African philosophy and local tradition, restores a sense of calm and balance to your soul with spicy black peppercorn and notes of clary sage.
Legend has it that in Tanzania, raindrops were believed to be the tears of Udo, goddess of youth and beauty – a sip of which could grant eternal beauty. Malée has done its best to recreate this magical elixir with a mix of warm patchouli, bright citrus and crisp mint.
Spray this room mist into the air for an instant burst of fragrance or lightly spritz onto linen, upholstery and clothing for long-lasting freshness. It’s as fresh as dew on a spring leaf and will leave you feeling youthful and full of energy.
Body lotion scrub
Indulge your skin in African botanicals with this combination of multi-grain natural salt, skin-loving oils and sugar. The award-winning mixture has naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids to draw in moisture, smooth away imperfections and reveal the healthy, youthful skin beneath.
Apply it to damp skin in large circular motions with a light pressure to buff away dead skin cells. Use it once a week on problem areas such as knees, heels and elbows for the best results.
The flux in weather at the moment is wreaking havoc on our skin, so make sure to moisturise every day. The Verdure conditioning body cream nourishes, soothes, smoothes and repairs your skin. It’s scientifically formulated to have the rich moisture of a butter but the lightness of a lotion.
Simply squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand and apply liberally all over your body in sweeping movements. Pay special attention to dry areas such as your elbows, knees and heels for a full energy boost. It’s best to apply it to damp skin after showering or bathing so you get better absorption. Start slathering!
Eau de perfume
Also in the Vedure collection is this pocket-size eau de perfume. Malée has mixed science with nature to produce a winning formula with 30% pure fragrance oils for long-lasting wear.
Add a spritz to your pulse points, including collarbone, back of the neck, hairline, wrists and back of the knees for the perfect amount. Leave it to dry for as long as possible before getting dressed. Just a few sprays are sure to leave you with a spring in your step.
This deeply relaxing moisturising oil is great to use on your whole body, from your skin to your hair and nails. It’s a blend of super-concentrated natural oils with nourishing, restorative and healing properties. Rich in essential vitamins, fatty acids and skin tightening peptides, it’s an ideal all-in-one beauty product.
Add a few nourishing drops to your bath water or apply liberally onto your skin, hands and nails whenever you need an intense moisture boost. You can also use it as a pre-shampoo to replenish dry and damaged hair. Africa here we come!